Motion Interfaces for Physical Therapy

Real-time motion capture and immersive 3D computer-generated environments are emerging as a powerful approach to numerous challenges, including health care challenges in clinical work and therapy. Real potential exists for it to impact fields such as physical and cognitive-behavior therapy, telemedicine, stroke rehabilitation, and pain management.

The objectives of this project include:

1. To evaluate the latest sensor technologies for use in virtual therapy applications. The researchers are studying both wearable inertial sensors and the Kinect motion sensor from Microsoft. The UC Merced virtual reality facility has configured an optical Vicon tracking system to quantify the accuracy of various portable sensors.

2. To design new 3D interfaces for physical therapy rehabilitation. Motion sensors will be used in conjunction with real-time 3D computer interfaces with customized software in order to investigate new approaches to improve evaluations and outcomes.

3. To investigate and evaluate novel approaches and solutions for improving the rehabilitation of patients with burn injuries.

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